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10 Movies Like Prometheus To Watch If You Like Sci-Fi Thrillers

movies like prometheus

The movie Prometheus by famed director Ridley Scott brought back the nostalgia from the Alien franchise and introduced a dark mysticism to the lore that fans didn’t know they needed. If you enjoyed watching it, here is a list of similar movies like Prometheus we think you will like.

Released in 2012, the movie Prometheus serves as a prequel to the highly popular ‘Alien’ franchise of films and seeks to answer the question – where did life originate? (in context of the film’s universe). Based on a recent discovery of cave paintings depicting giant creatures called ‘Engineers’ who supposedly created life, a group of scientists/astronauts embark on a mission to a distant planet to find these creators and learn about the origin of humanity.

However, as sci-fi thriller movies go, things slowly start going wrong as our crew arrives on the alien planet. The team encounters weird alien creatures and plants that attack them and they get disrupted and separated. The film has a great cast and the cinematography and visual effects are the best in class. While some hardcore fans of the old Alien movies are not too fond of this film, it’s a great standalone sci-fi movie that deserves to be watched. Here is a list of sci-fi movies like Prometheus you should check out at least once:

List Of Movies like Prometheus (2012)

  • Alien
  • Alien Covenant
  • Interstellar
  • Life
  • Arrival
  • Blade Runner
  • Sunshine
  • Ad Astra
  • Annihilation
  • Moon

Also Check Out: Movies like Sunshine

Alien

Alien (1979) is possibly one of the most iconic science fiction movies of all time and inspired generations of filmmakers to create great movies. Released over 40 years ago, the film was one of the most innovative and creatively designed movies of the time and established Ridley Scott as one of the greatest sci-fi directors of all time.

More importantly, Prometheus effectively serves as a prequel to the Alien trilogy of films. If you have seen Prometheus but haven’t seen the original trilogy, you are missing out. One of the reviews on IMDB even calls it ‘A masterclass in sci-fi horror filmmaking’, which it truly is. If you’re looking for the best movies like Prometheus, Alien should your first choice. As long as you are checking out the original Alien, you should also watch the sequels Alien 2 and 3.

Alien Covenant

Alien Covenant is also part of the Alien franchise and can be called a quasi-prequel to the events of the film Prometheus. For a full understanding of the events in Prometheus, you will need to watch Alien Covenant, even though it was released a few years after Prometheus. Alien Covenant is a much more mystical movie that dives deep into the lore of the Alien franchise.

Just like Prometheus, Alien Covenant boasts a great cast led by the super talented Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, Guy Pierce and many more. It also has some of the most beautiful cinematography and VFX works seen in modern films. It also delves into the origin of how the first ‘Alien’ was genetically engineered. Alien Covenant is a must-watch for those who are looking for movies like Prometheus.

Interstellar

Interstellar by famed director Christopher Nolan is one of the most iconic films of the 21st century and there is a high chance that you may have already seen this. However, the film deserves a spot on this list because the story is somewhat similar to Prometheus. The main characters in Interstellar also go on a hunt for new planets in outer space, but they are looking for habitable new worlds rather than the origin of mankind.

Everything about this film, from the gorgeous IMAX shots, impeccable camera work to the absolutely haunting soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is perfect. Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are great as lead characters and Jessica Chastain who plays the adult daughter of Cooper (Matthew) is a perfect choice. If you are looking for sci-fi movies like Prometheus, Interstellar is one of the top films you should check out.

Life

The 2017 movie ‘Life’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson was not very popular at the box office. However, the film was appreciated a lot more as a thrilling sci-fi horror after it was released on digital and DVD. In the movie, a group of astronauts and scientists on the International Space Station (ISS) encounter an alien creature that is out to get them. If you are looking for films like Prometheus, this one should be on your list.

This newly found alien creature proves to be a serious threat as it constantly evolves and kills off the ISS residents. Fans of horror will truly love the film as it has some genuinely scary scenes that will keep you at the edge of your seats. The cinematography and special effects are also decent and the excellent acting by the cast makes it an enjoyable experience.

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Arrival

The movie Arrival from genius director Dennis Villeneuve is already considered by many to be one of the best sci-fi movies of all time. Amy Adams is phenomenal as the lead and Jeremy Renner serves as a great supporting actor to her character. The film begins as a set of spaceships land on Earth and Dr Banks(Amy Adams) is called in to help communicate with the aliens.

The film delves into deep scientific concepts of the non-linear nature of time and how language can be used to communicate through time and space. The music and cinematography in the film are top-notch and the story is very well-paced. If you have not yet seen Arrival, it is one of the best movies similar to Prometheus.

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049, the second movie on this list by director Dennis Villeneuve, is considered by film enthusiasts as a cyberpunk masterpiece. This movie is a sequel to the highly popular 1982 film Blade Runner. Alongside the Alien franchise, the original Blade Runner was also one of the most loved films of the 80s.

Ryan Reynolds plays a great lead and Harrison Ford’s performance is unmissable. You will definitely enjoy the beautiful cinematography and special effects in Blade Runner 2049 and the film’s story has some great twists that you will never see coming. People looking for movies like Prometheus with a great story and superb action will definitely love watching Blade Runner 2049.

Sunshine

The 2007 movie Sunshine by director Danny Boyle did not get a lot of love when it was first released in the theatres but over the years it has become a very well-loved cult classic among sci-fi fans. Although it has been a few years since I saw this film, I remember it having quite a big impact on me. There are some truly brilliant moments in the film and a great cast of actors.

The special effects in this movie are absolutely breathtaking the story is fast-paced and will keep you hooked from the beginning to the end. The film follows a group of astronauts on a mission to restart the dying Sun with a giant nuclear bomb. Some elements of the film are also clearly inspired by the Alien franchise, so you should definitely watch Sunshine if you’re looking for movies similar to Prometheus.

Ad Astra

Ad Astra is sort of a weird film that not everyone may enjoy watching but has plenty of similarities with Prometheus. In the film, astronaut Roy McBride(Brad Pitt) sets out into space on a mission to look for father Cliff McBride(Tommy Lee Jones), who is also an astronaut and went missing on his last space mission. Roy sets out looking for his father on a ship sponsored by NASA as they believe Cliff McBride is behind a series of dark matter surges that have been affecting the Earth.

While this film looks like sci-fi on the surface, on a deeper level, the film is about human relationships. The film explores familiar topics such as a troubling father-son relationship, abandonment issues and what it truly means to be family. Brad Pitt delivers a great acting performance and Tommy Lee Jones as a cold-hearted scientist is perfect in his role. If you’re looking for the movies like Prometheus, you should definitely check out Ad Astra.

Annihilation

Just like Prometheus, Annihilation is a great sci-fi film that delves into the territory of cosmic horror. When the film was released in theatres and on Netflix, it instantly received rave reviews. However, there are also reviewers who found the film, not to their liking but for people who like sci-fi horror, the film is a masterpiece. Natalie Portman gives one of the best performances of her career as the scientist Lena, who ventures deep into a weird mysterious forest affected by some alien contamination.

Annihilation has one of the most interesting and fast-paced stories with unbelievably good special effects work. The eerie soundtrack of the film manages to create a very creepy atmosphere. The creatures depicted in the film are truly otherworldly. While the first half of the film is deeply interesting, the second half of the film gets seriously weird, psychedelic and super intense (in a very good way). Annihilation is one of the best movies like Prometheus you can watch.

Moon

The 2009 film ‘Moon’, shot on a tiny budget of only $5 million, left the filmmaking community and sci-fi fans stunned when it was released. The film follows the story of an astronaut called Sam Bell(played by Sam Rockwell) who has been on the Moon for 3 years and is taking care of a Helium mining facility. Although the film starts out quite innocently, things start to get increasingly strange as he discovers that he is not alone, but another person who looks exactly like him is also hiding in the facility.

Describing any more of the plot would ruin the movie experience, and it is something you do not want to miss. This film managed to create an amazingly original story with a very limited cast and resources. To this day, ‘Moon’ is considered to be an iconic sci-fi breakthrough in storytelling. If you are looking for superbly unique movies like Prometheus, you should definitely watch Moon.

Honourable Mention: The Expanse (TV Show)

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When Lost aired over a decade ago, its successful narrative created a pop culture impact and changed the landscape of television. If you are a fan and want to watch shows like Lost then you can have a look at this list we made just for you.

Lost

The hugely successful television series Lost aired in 2004. The premise, as we know, deals with a group of people surviving a commercial passenger plane crash on a remote island. The show masterfully explores supernatural and sci-fi elements on this mysterious south Pacific island. 

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The use of cliffhangers at the end of each episode of Lost kept the viewers on the edge of their seats, desperately craving for the next episode to come. Even though it's a large ensemble cast, most of the characters receive a justifiable personal arch. Lost was inspired by the movie Castaway and became one of the most expensive pilots to be shot at the time! Lost continues to be appreciated for its originality in storytelling and dynamic character arcs. 

List of TV Shows Like Lost

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Manifest
  3. Lost Room
  4. Twin Peaks
  5. The Prisoners
  6. Battlestar Galactica
  7. The New People
  8. Flight 29 Down
  9. Fringe
  10. Alcatraz
  11. Under the Dome
  12. Dark

1. The Leftovers (2014)

IMDB ratings: 8.3/10

Cast: Carrie Coon, Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman and Margaret Qualley

Creator: Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta

The director of Lost, Damon Lindel also created a supernatural drama series called The Leftovers. The show begins 3 years after an unexplainable global event called ‘Sudden Departure’  where almost 2 per cent of the population, nearly 140 million people, disappear. The Leftovers isn't about WHY people are gone, it's about how the ones who remain dealt with their loss, people often try to comfort themselves with dreams, angels, gods, or even death.

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The Leftovers will leave you with so many questions but beyond words, you have to feel it and savour its unanswered questions to find peace. The Leftovers is an incredible television series that starts incredibly well but loses its way by the series's end. I have to say though, Carrie Coon has brilliant moments in the end. The Leftovers is so weird, fragmented and nonsensical at times that it reminds me of Lost. If you are looking for shows like Lost, I recommend that you give The Leftovers a try.

2. Manifest  (2018) 

IMDB ratings: 7.1/10

Cast: Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas and J.R. Ramirez 

Creator: Jeff Rake


The Manifest is a supernatural drama show about a bunch of people who discover that they lost 5 years of their lives when they landed in New York after their aeroplane faced severe turbulence. All the people on the plane were presumed to be dead. Now, these people have to find a way to adjust themselves to a new life around their loved ones. Mild spoiler! They learn their loved ones and the rest of society is not as they left it.

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I found that the show’s premise was very intriguing and the actors give a very convincing performance. The narrative details of the show, however, in my opinion, are a bit sloppy and inconsistent. The writers surely have room for improvement but their concept is incredibly thrilling. Every episode of Manifest keeps you on your toes. Manifest has completed 3 seasons up until now and continues to be on air. Manifest is a pretty good choice if you want to watch TV shows like Lost.

3. Lost Room (2006)

IMDB ratings: 8.1/10

Cast: Peter Krause, Julianna Margulies and Peter Jacobson

Creator: Christopher Leone, Laura Harkcom

This lesser-known show The Lost Room is an American Sci-fi television miniseries which only had 3 episodes of 90 mins each and no follow-up seasons. The show was based on a very unique idea where the room in question (known as the ‘Lost Room’) and the objects in the said room had supernatural powers. This strange room is set in a 1960s motel along the iconic U.S. Route 66. 

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One day the protagonist (Peter Krause) Joe Miller’s daughter disappears inside the room. Joe, with the help of objects present in the room, tries to find his daughter Anna (Elle Fanning). The story of Lost Room was intensely engaging. I found the direction and the actor’s performances to be absolutely brilliant. It baffles me that the creators did not return to make another short season within the same concept. If you have been searching for TV series like Lost then I can assure you that Lost Room will be worth a watch.

4. Twins Peaks (1990) 

IMDB ratings: 8.8/10

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Mädchen Amick, Sherilyn Fenn and David Lynch

Creator: David Lynch

David Lynch, the well-known director of weird and captivating films such as Eraserhead and Blue Velvet created an iconic show called Twin Peaks. It is a hauntingly eccentric show about the investigation of the mysterious murder of a small-town homecoming queen named Laura Palmer. Believe me, as odd as the show may seem at first, you will grow to love it, after all, it is considered to be one of the best mystery shows ever created. 

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With the mysteries, the supernatural elements and the list of bizarre characters, Twin Peaks has it all. In my opinion, the cinematography of the show was truly ahead of its time. Kyle’s Dale Cooper was especially entertaining. Twin Peaks’ experimental formula of the satirical soap opera is extremely unsettling yet rewarding to watch, I must warn you, it’s not for the faint-hearted!  If you are in search of TV shows like Lost then Twin Peaks won’t disappoint you.

The Prisoners (1967)

IMDB ratings: 8.5/10

Cast: Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat and Geroge Markstien

Creator: Patrick McGoohan


The Prisoner centres around an unnamed British agent (Patrick McGoohan) who tries to flee his country after abruptly quitting his high-ranking government job. He is abducted and held captive in a strange ‘sea-side’ village that is isolated from the rest of the world. This village is a highly secure and monitored place filled with weird technology. There are only 17 episodes to this late 60s show but it manages to bring up such surreal surprises, it's sure to leave a great impact on the viewer.

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The Prisoner’s unique concept influenced many popular shows including Lost. The creators of Lost even cited the show. I was very impressed by how ahead of its time The Prisoners proves to be. If you want to watch more shows similar to Lost the Prisoners should definitely be on your list.

6. Battlestar Galactica (2004)

IMDB ratings: 8.7/10

Cast: Katee Sackhoff, Edward James Olmos and Tricia Helfer 

Creator: Glen A. Larson

The 2004 Battlestar Galactica is a reboot of the original 1978 miniseries of the same name. Do not be mistaken by the title, the show is not related to Star Trek.  Battlestar Galactica is set in the 7th millennium AD and follows Cylons, the robot enemy of humanity that resurfaces to destroy the 12 colonies of Mankind. Only a few survive and are able to escape on ships led by a powerful warship called Battlestar Galactica. Mankind struggles to fight the Cylons and work their own political agendas and disputes while finding their long-lost 13th colony Earth.

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The show is a dark, intense and gritty socio-political commentary with EPIC cinematic value. The script is especially clever and as a huge fan of sci-fi shows, this show ticks the boxes in all the right categories. When the show was released, it blew the viewers and critics away. As far as an obsessive and gripping story goes, Battlestar Galactica is one of the most similar to shows like Lost. 

7. The New People (1969)

IMDB ratings: 7.3/10

Cast: David Moses, Zooey hall and Tiffany Boiling

Creator: Larry Gordon Aaron Spelling

The New People is an American Tv series that aired only for 1 season and is focused on a couple of college students who survive a plane crash. The incident takes place while they were returning from a trip to Southeast Asia, their plane crashes on an island in the south of the Pacific ocean. 

By now this show must already be sounding a lot like Lost to you, and it surely is. The remaining group of people discover an unusual truth about the island: there’s an above-ground unused nuclear test site filled with supplies for the survivors. If you want to see more plane survival stories like Lost then The New People should definitely be on your list.

8. Flight 29 Down (2005)

IMDB ratings: 7.2/10

Cast: Allen Alvarado, Halle Hirsh and Corbin Bleu

Creator:  Stan Rowgow D. J. MacHale

The show Flight 29 Down is a drama series about a group of pre-teens/teens who are stranded on a South Pacific island after their plane crashes in a tropical storm while they were flying from an eco-adventure camping trip in Palau. The show is in many ways a younger version of the Adult-centred show Lost but sans the supernatural elements. I’d say that the show draws inspiration from the show The New People.

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Flight 29 Down uses the technique of a video diary as a plot device for the viewers to keep up with the story of these children. It was very engaging to watch young intelligent characters finding their way on the island. The first two seasons of the show are quite engaging but I seemed to lose interest in its 3rd and final season. Regardless, Flight 29 Down is a really good series to watch if you want to see TV shows like Lost.

9. Fringe (2008)

IMDB ratings: 8.4/10

Cast: Anna Torv, John Noble and Joshua Jackson

Creator: J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci

Fringe is a popular Sci-fi crime drama television series. It may seem like a standard procedural drama at first, but the show actually explores the parallel universe, alternate versions of people filled with crazy scientific experiments. I personally had a great time watching this show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29bSzbqZ3xE

Fringe is actually inspired by shows like Lost, The X-files and The Twilight Zone. The 3 main characters of the show work with a special division called Fringe. There are so many brilliant twists and turns in Fringe that in my opinion, the show is at the top of its category. If you are searching for TV series like Lost, I strongly recommend you watch Fringe

10. Alcatraz (2012)

IMDB ratings: 6.9/10

Cast: Sarah Jones, George Garcia and Jonny Coyne 

Creator: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt

This American fiction show is based on the infamous Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary built on Alcatraz island in San Francisco Bay. The prison is now closed but once kept some of the most dangerous criminals of America. The show takes the liberty to make a show around the conspiracies of the place.

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In the interesting premise we see that under unknown circumstances, 256 inmates and 46 guards of the prison disappear without a trace. Later the disappeared ones start to appear one by one without ageing a day and resume their criminal activities with no realisation of disappearance. A special government unit is dedicated to finding and putting those criminals back in prison. If you are looking for mystery shows similar to Lost, try watching Alcatraz. 

11. Under the Dome (2013)

IMDB ratings: 6.5/10

Cast: Alexander Koch and Rachelle Lefevre

Creator: Stephen King

Based on a novel written by the sci-fi legend Stephen King, Under the Dome tells the story of the residents of the fictional small town called Chester's Mill, when a huge, transparent and indestructible dome suddenly cuts them off from the rest of the world. 

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Now the trapped residents try to find a way to discover the truth, origin and purpose of these domes. This journey forces them into situations where they learn more about each other than they ever knew. Under the Dome may not be on the top of this list but it’s quite a decent watch if you’re looking for mystery shows similar to Lost

12. Dark (2017)

IMDB ratings: 8.7/10

Cast: Louis Hofmann, Lisa Vicari and Gina Stiebitz

Creator: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese

The German-language Netflix series Dark is an interesting blend of Science fiction and Mystery. Truly a compelling and mind-bending story to watch. At the beginning of Dark, many children suspiciously start disappearing in the German town of Winden. The dark past of generational mysteries of 4 families living in the town namely, Kahnwald, Nielsen, Doppler, and Tiedemann is brought to light.

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After the discovery of a wormhole, the lives of the families intertwine more than one can imagine. I believe every element of the show is top-notch, especially Dark’s cinematography, which is a TRUE masterpiece. If you are looking for TV series similar to Lost then the intense and gripping story of Dark is sure to keep you engrossed.

Honourable Mentions

Here are a few TV shows like Lost that didn’t make the list, but you can check them out nonetheless: 

  1. Carnivale
  2. Yellowjackets
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Black Mirror
  5. Flashforward